Family Section

Welcome to the Family Section - the community for family and children lawyers

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Family Section regional seminars: Privilege and Panamania (London and Cardiff)

Join us at our inclusive Family Section regional seminars where our events will examine recent developments and consider the implications for our teams and, of course, your clients and other things.

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We commission exclusive articles from leading practitioners and commentators, on all areas of family law and practice


Oxfordshire County Council's childcare team goes paperless

21 December 2015

Oxfordshire County Council’s legal team could be saying a permanent goodbye to filing after successfully completing their first ‘paperless’ case.


How not to be an emotionally resilient lawyer

6 October 2015By

In the second installment on emotional health for lawyers, Julian Hall takes a look at the behaviours that undermine our sense of wellbeing

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Unbundling unawares: are you doing it?

28 September 2016By

Many solicitors are providing unbundled services without realising - and there could be regulatory implications, says co-author of the Unbundling Family Legal Services Toolkit Mena Ruparel

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Diary of a start-up family law firm: Part 2 - the first year

9 September 2016By

In his second instalment of his diary of a start-up family law firm, Robin Charrot shares the lessons learned from Evolve’s first year

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Lady Justice Macur interview: the art of good advocacySubscription

12 August 2016

Following her keynote speech at the Advocacy Section’s ‘Art of Good Advocacy’ seminar in April, we speak to Lady Justice Macur about vulnerable witness training, the importance of continual learning for advocates, and the common mistakes she sees solicitor advocates making – and how you can avoid them.

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As a Section member, you're entitled to four webinars as part of your membership, available live and on-demand

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Setting up shop: how to start up a small law firm (8 September)

This event will provide practical advice on setting up your own firm

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Webinar: Conducting care proceedings in the Family Court (18 May 2016)

This webinar, inclusive in Family Section membership for 2016, will give a practical overview and advocacy tips, including on threshold, evidence, fact-finding and expert witnesses. Listen now!

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FAQ: Responsibility for bundle preparation where the applicant is an LiP

21 July 2016

The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service outlines responsibilities for preparting the court bundle where the applicant is unrepresented

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FAQ: Pension sharing precedents

6 June 2016

The Law Society’s Library lists pension sharing precedents

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Family Section Exclusive: Access to free case notes and webinars from Family Law Hub

7 October 2016

We give you exclusive free access to case notes and webinars on a range of topical issues through our monthly updates provided by Family Law Hub. 

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Benefits of Membership*

The Family Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Advisory Group and will focus on key issues including:

  • Sharland and Gohil Supreme Court Judgement
  • Family Law Protocol
  • General Children Law update
  • Forced marriages
  • Divorce centres a year on
  • Pensions for family lawyers
  • General financial remedies update
  • Surrogacy
  • Social media as a business tool: Is LinkedIn worth my time?
  • Emotional resilience
  • Domestic Violence
  • Serious Crime Act 2015: FGM provisions

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Seminars, Discounts off Law Society publications and webinars, Features, Commentary, Webinars, News and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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